MARSEILLE – A woman and a man, both in their twenties, were killed in a shooting late Saturday in French Mediterranean city Marseille and three others were hurt, prosecutors told AFP.
“The five people were in their car in the car park of a McDonald’s when a vehicle pulled up alongside, killing the 22-year-old male driver and the 25-year old female front passenger with bursts of fire from a Kalashnikov” assault rifle, the city’s chief prosecutor Nicolas Bessone said Sunday.
Of the three wounded passengers in the rear — two men and one woman — two were seriously hurt, they added.
All three men in the car were known to police for involvement in the drug trade and violence in the region around the southern city of Toulon, Bessone said, while the women had no criminal record.
“The profile of these individuals allows us to see we are in the context of ‘narco homicides’… which may have a very strong link to drug trafficking,” Bessone later told a press conference.
The shooting took place just before 11:00 pm (2200 GMT) in Marseille’s 16th district, one of the poorest areas of France’s second-largest city.
Police are investigating for murder and attempted murder as part of a criminal gang.__The Nation